Nathaniel “Pete” Winstead, Ph.D., is a Principal Staff Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), where his career spans the last 20 years. Dr. Winstead models the atmosphere and ocean at scales ranging from global to turbulence. In addition to earth system modeling, his research has touched on numerical weather prediction, atmospheric remote sensing, weather forecasting and physical and dynamical oceanography. An example of the specific types of projects he has worked on include his role as a co-inventor of the Dust Transport Application (DTA, the operational mesoscale dust forecasting model used by the Air Force in both Iraq and Afghanistan). He has authored or co-authored numerous journal papers on mesoscale meteorological applications of high-resolution wind speed estimates from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).
Dr. Winstead obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Duke University. He has been teaching in the Environmental Sciences and Policy program (Advanced Academic Programs, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) since 2005 and in the Applied Physics Program (Engineering for Professionals, Whiting School of Engineering) since 2007.